Letter from William [McKeand?] to Eliza Quilty
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Letter written by William [McKeand?] to Eliza Quilty.
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Camp Griffin Nov 17, - 1861 Friend Elisa To night your able and thoughtfull [sic] written letter came at hand since I wrote you various changes in the climate also in our Laborious and Military life we are as we may say holding The Key to The Military Chess board of The Potomac and in consequence of holden a post pertaining to Reward [strikethrough] us [/strikethrough] and honor it keeps us in constant activity Oh, how diferent [sic] The life The fare of a Soldier to the Free and happy man who saunters gaily the streets and Public places of a peacble [sic] town or Villiage [sic] the thoroughfares of cities The [----] or have few of the south cavott cow pair with The Stave [--] of the South canott [sic] compare with The [--] [----] life of a Volunteer you may think That I am discouraged I may say in one sense I am. but if The [-]uly would use and Once think of The Poor Solder who is daily [--]ing himself [page break] by trying to do duty which there is no need Of but alas the wise are doomed. Peace during This war if it can be called so we are at pressent [sic] Camped out what wonce [sic] a Southerners Plantation it is now a fenceless and barren place but is yet alive with the poor, lived drilling walking Sentinels and [----] slate [-]akes as we term them we are the advance or told the advance post of The Potomac there is some Thirty Thousand men encamped within the spaces of three miles and we are the only Regiment that has faced the Cannon, Oh! if I could get permission from some power to Draft even in Vermont I would bring a few of them black hearted [---] Republicans that I have herd [sic] telling so much of these fire eaters yarns these men that would not give a cent or come within 50 miles of a battle Field If it would save the Union they talk if they had command of The army of The Potomac They would go strait [sic] to Richmond if ever They go to Richmond it will be after we have been There no I am not entirely homesick but [page break] if I was to home I would stay There but at The same time if They will move on towards Bull Run or send us to Port Royal as we expect to soon will be [strikethrough] se [/strikethrough] satisfied I have not so cowardly hate to the Rebs but I would like to see Them make there way home as fast as we have done. to give you my Opinion I think it will be some time before we beat Them probably The next new year here from here will be of a serious nature probably will [strikethrough] a[----] [/strikethrough] awaken The [----] of [Lusting?] to find a Bloodier Battle. the advance is to be made soon and and there many a poor fellow who is nobley standing the privations of a soldiers life for the cause will yes thousands and maybe your humble servant change this life for a life unknown to all. I have said that I would not complain of what I had to do but when They come to make Slaves out of white [---] its time to complain Our brigade consisting of The Vt’s are compelled to drive 4 times a day and we are the only brigade we are aroused first [page break] thing in the morning by the D-ble sound of an old kettle drum for roll call then eat A slate go and pack up your knapsack put Everything you own in it and be drilled around a [-]0 acre lot for an hour then come in and draw railes then go out again for perhaps 2 hours then clean your guns eat some pea Soup and drill till dark and then Stand for Dress parade come in and run like a pack of honies for a laud full of doe, or or a cup full of what they call coffee Come back and answer to your name go to grand and sleep and all account of The Officers who do not know how to drill I have complained Longe[sic] enough tell Katie Rush I should here from here by letter and tell her I will answer now be shure [sic] and answer This [strikethrough] write [/strikethrough] soon tell Luke to stay to home Jo would like to be in Brandon now give my love to all [---] Not forgetting yourself No more at present I Remain yours Truly Biley P.S the weather is freezing and it is cold Sleeping in tents now Direct Camp Griffin Co B 2nd Vt Regt Washington W McKeand to DC Eliz Guilty
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